Cantor: 'The debt limit vote sucks'
July 26th, 2011
01:07 PM ET
3 years ago

Cantor: 'The debt limit vote sucks'

Washington (CNN) - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor had some choice words on the debt ceiling vote for other Republicans during a closed door meeting Tuesday.

"The debt limit vote sucks," the Virginia Republican declared directly to members during the House GOP conference meeting, according to two sources behind the closed doors.

In his remarks, Cantor encouraged members to rally behind the plan proposed by Republican leadership in the House. He was joined by House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-California. The members were told the new House GOP bill will come up to vote Wednesday and that the House will also vote separately on a balanced budget amendment bill later this week, the sources said.

"It comes down to the people in this room. It comes down to the willingness to stand together. This is the path to victory for the American people," Speaker Boehner said, according to the sources.

After the huddle with House GOP rank and file, Boehner admitted to reporters that not everyone in his party is falling into line.

"I do think that we're going to have some work to do to get it passed, but I think we will," he said.

And Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, who heads the group of fiscal conservatives in the House and is opposed to Boehner's proposal, said Tuesday that right now the speaker's proposal can't pass with just Republican votes: "I am confident as of this morning there were not 218 Republicans in support of the plan."

But Cantor praised Boehner in the meeting, the sources said, saying he did an amazing job and that conference is behind him 150 percent.

According to one aide, Cantor outlined three choices for the members. He said they could run over the August 2 deadline, risk default and face the unknown. Or, second, vote through Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's plan giving what they see as a "blank check" to the president. And finally, their preference, pass a plan consistent with what they see as their principles and that forces the president to debate entitlements, taxes and spending in six months.

According to one aide, the message from Cantor to House Republicans critical of the plan was "to stop grumbling and whining and to come together as conservatives and rally behind the speaker and call the president's bluff."

Republican Rep Charlie Dent, who represents a swing district in Pennsylvania, told members it's time to govern and avoid default, the sources said.

Republican Rep. Allen West of Florida also spoke in support of the leaders' plan.

New Jersey freshman Rep. Jon Runyan, an imposing figure as a former NFL football player, told the speaker "I've got your back" and the response from Boehner was "good" – as their GOP colleagues laughed.


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soundoff (251 Responses)
  1. Bill

    It seems like the only things that matters are calling the president's bluff and getting their way. There is no other way then what they propose take it or leave. They don't have to worry about what the people want, they are right. Speaking of on;y getting his way, the President, Boehner says he is just politicking and rerunning for office. Isn't that what they all are doing. What a bunch of hypocrites.

    July 26, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  2. TomNPitt

    All this time they've waited to pass a vote they could have tried a couple of months ago. When do we start talking about the next vote? They're not voting what the majority of Americans want – just what the leaders of the Republican Army (Boner's real financial bosses) want to see.

    July 26, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. RAWoD

    And is every comment being moderated?

    July 26, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  4. LouAz

    This "crisis" is of the House Repub Tea Pottys own making. They do not know that the US Govt cannot run the same way their personal household finances run. They do not understand banking or the US Treasury. Their action, or lack of it, is malfesance in office. C'mon, 2010 TP electees . . . WHERE ARE THE JOBS ! ! !

    July 26, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. Pat from Algonac

    "The path for the American people" Your arrogance is sickening. Please keep in mind that your "absolute idealism" is not what all Americans want. You sound as if you have a messiah complex.

    July 26, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    It wasn't a big deal 18 times for Raygun – or 9 times for Shrub.................................................

    July 26, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. Mike

    I don't understand this. Even if they are successful in passing this vote, it is sure to be rejected in the Senate – then why to go thru this excersize? Why don't they work with the Senate to make sure something passes both the houses.

    July 26, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  8. B

    Cantor should be impeached for reckless and irresponsible behavior counter to what he took an oath to uphold!

    The Republicans are destroying this country and following in Bush’s lead through arrogance and bullheaded intransigents.

    July 26, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. Chris V. in Wake Forest

    I believe it's "Jon Runyan", not "Jim".

    July 26, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. LegendRx

    Wake up america the Republican party is committing High Treason and should be put before a firing squad. All over the world the middle class and the poor are taking action against this type of governing. Storm the gates and take back our country from the rich who has abandoned america for the last ten years. The so called job creators has taken up camp in another country . . . your jobs are gone forever. Seise the moment, lets throw these republican bums out for the good of the people, once and for all.

    July 26, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  11. MTATL67

    I have to laugh it’s the only meeting on the debt ceiling that Cantor didn't walk out of. When Cantor decides to run for reelection it will put a new slant on the cheer “RUN, CANTOR RUN”. "This is the path to victory for the American people," Speaker Boehner said. This man couldn't be more delusional. From the comments list it sound like a whole lot of reassurances for failure. The only sane voice and good advice in the whole bunch at this meeting is Republican Rep Charlie Dent, who represents a swing district in Pennsylvania, told members it's time to govern and avoid default. Why are folks like him and the gang of six in charge of the GOP? My God think of the work they would gotten completed by now but now we have Larry, Mo and Curly.

    July 26, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  12. jackson

    I am a Republican and have been since I started voting in Reagen's first election. I am seriously considering not voting Republican in future elections. I may not vote Democrat, but I probably will withhold my support of any Republican candidate because I see the party not leading and focused on obstruction. The President may not be great, but you got him to cave on a lot of entitlement issues that will be fruitful in future conversations, now meet him part of the way and stop this train wreck or forget my support in the future. I'm rapidly losing interest in your public announcements.

    July 26, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. NoCommentCNN

    Yuppers it is all fun and games down there in Washington. The last thing on anyone's mind in Congress from either party is what will happen to the life on working Americans after we default.
    I'll remember come 2012 and will be supporting only independent candidates for Congress. No more parties. No more representing party before country.

    July 26, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  14. Mark

    i got 10 to 1 odds boehner cries after bill gets shot down, any takers?

    July 26, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  15. Whatever

    New Jersey freshman Rep. Jim Runyan, an imposing figure as a former NFL football player, told the speaker "I've got your back" and the response from Boehner was "good" – as their GOP colleagues laughed.
    They think its a game............................Cantors Virginia will be the first to default.....................The arrogance.

    July 26, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  16. Down you go

    Once again, republicans, protecting millionaires and putting party before country will cost you DEARLY!!! Im not Obama's biggest fan, not by a long shot, but you morons just made me choose Obama in 2012!!! And I am a conservative Independent. The repubs will get no support from independents, this I guarantee you!

    July 26, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  17. David

    no eric cantor .....you suck!!!

    July 26, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  18. hecep

    "It comes down to the willingness to stand together. This is the path to victory for the American people," said Speaker Boehner. I don't think so. What it comes down to is the next election and victory for the party... and public be damned.

    July 26, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  19. Externalguy

    Which American people is Cantor 'fighting' for. The rich few, of course. Most, not all, of these so called GOP folks are lunatics. G.W Bush came to office to reverse the surplus inhenrited and also succeeded in plunging America into dark Abyss of debt. Where were these folks then. All GOP's actions have racial undertone.

    July 26, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  20. BeverlyNC

    Boehner is not a leader. He cannot get any votes together within his own Party for ANY PLAN. Every so-called "plan" (which was to kill Medicare and SS and protect corporations from losing their billions in subsidies and tax loopholes over and over). Cantor is nothing but a back-stabbiing weasel who undermines Boehner at every turn. Republicans overall have been intentionally sabotaging our economy (where are all the JOBS they promised?) for sick political games. As Republican Senate Leader McConnell has said many times and again last week – his "sole goal is to destroy President Obama". That's the Republican mantra and sole effort. NOTHING FOR THE PEOPLE. REPUBLICANS HAVE BETRAYED THE PEOPLE AND ARE ONLY SERVIING THE CORPORATIONS WHO HAVE BOUGHT THEM AND THEIR VOTES.
    NO MORE REPUBLICANS IN 2012. WE NEED REAL LEADERS – NOT LIARS, OBAMA BASHERS, OBSTRUCTIONISTS OF ALL LEGISLATION TO HELP AMERICA, AND RACISTS WHO HATE EVERYONE NOT WHITE AND RICH.
    GO VOTE IN 2012 AND STAND UP FOR THE PEOPLE BY VOTING FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA AND THE HARD-WORKING DEMOCRATS WHO HAVE BEEN DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN FOR WE THE PEOPLE. I WRITE ALL 100 SENATORS ONCE A MONTH. NOT ONE REPUBLICAN EVEN ACKNOWLEDGES ME – EVERY DEMOCRATS WRITES BACK- AND I HAVE FORMED FRIENDSHIPS WITH SOME SENATORS NOT FROM MY STATE WHO WRITE ME TOO ASKING FOR MY OPINION ON ISSUES SO THEY HAVE A WHOLE NATION VIEW. DEMOCRATS LISTEN AND CARE ABOUT THE PEOPLE. THEY ARE WORKING SO HARD AND REPUBLICANS BLOCK EVERYTHING THEY CAN – JUST TO BE CONTRARY. I HATE THE REPUBLICANS FOR HATING THE PEOPLE SO MUCH AND TRYING TO DESTROY US AND OUR CHANCE TO LIVE A DECENT LIFE. ALL THEIR EFFORTS ARE FOR THE WEALTHY AND CORPORATIONS WHO NEED NOTHING. THEY IGNORE WE THE PEOPLE, SIGN ALL THESE MORONIC PLEDGES, BUT CANNOT EVEN KEEP THEIR OATH TO SERVE THE PEOPLE WHO MISTAKENLY ELECTED THEM.
    LET'S STAND TOGETHER AND TAKE AMERICA BACK FROM THESE TRAITORS. VOTE FOR THE DEMOCRATS AND WATCH AMERICA RECOVER, CREATE JOBS FASTER, AND SEE LEGISLATION THAT FAVORS YOU AND I. DEMOCRATS ARE THE PARTY OF THE PEOPLE.

    July 26, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  21. JohnCOS

    Yep, the republican plan, my way or no way. Give me a break guys, I voted for McCain, but I support Obama here, at least he is willing to negotiate and give up some. You can't get a budget cut passed in the time needed and get it in place, so cancel the Bush tax cuts, cut spending and then work on real reform of spending and taxes TOGETHER.

    July 26, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  22. RobertOKUSA

    Cantor and Republicans...Enough already! America is not your personal poker game! You can't have EVERYTHING you want in politics. Comprising is not a sign of weakness. It is a trait of emotionally maturity.

    July 26, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  23. Knowledge

    After viewing and listening to House Secretary's Boehner's speech. all I can say is this is act of undercurrent racism.

    There was no problem raising the debt ceiling previously when a White man was in the White House, no question about spending. However, it appears all our problems occurs because of President Obama. Sad case America.

    July 26, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  24. V in Chicago

    Mr. Cantor – you and your hardline stance on issues that will harm the American People SUCK!!

    July 26, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  25. Larry L

    The Republican plan is a cheap political trick. They want no responsibility for the hard choices and some photo ops to show their displeasure. As a former Republican I can easily say I'll never vote for this ridiculous group of political weasels. They're lap dogs for the rich and care nothing about working class Americans. When I close this note I will write the first check for President Obama's re-election.

    July 26, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
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